Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD)
111 Engineering Research Facility
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-6125
Fax: (319) 384-0542
Dr. Tim Marler is an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Iowa’s Center for Computer-Aided Design (CCAD), an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and the Senior Research Scientist at the Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) Program. In the latter capacity, he serves as the project manager for a variety of efforts, program manager for externally funded programs, budget manager, and coordinator for research efforts. His general research interests include multi-objective optimization, human modeling, multi-scale modeling, and computational decision-making. Specifically, he works on developing predictive optimization-based human modeling capabilities, applying optimization techniques to a variety of problems, and developing new methods and techniques for multi-objective optimization. His teaching interests include optimization, human modeling, statics, dynamics, mechanics, and human factors.
Tim received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Rochester in Mechanical Engineering in 1991. While at Rochester, he helped develop a new process for creating sound-absorbing materials made from ultra-fine iron powders for the U.S. Navy.
Tim received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University in 1992, with a focus on mechanical design and vehicle modification. His Master’s thesis addressed the design of a new system for automatically transporting a wheelchair into an automobile. After graduating from Penn State, he worked at Drexel University, where he helped develop new methods for optimizing injection-molding processes.
Tim then went to work at Ford Motor Company as a product design engineer and as a technical analyst. During his time at Ford, he completed the Ford FCG training program with rotations through manufacturing plants, the pilot plant, the research lab, and various product design departments. He then worked as an analyst with SDRC Ideas and with topology optimization.
After working at Ford, Tim returned to graduate school and received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Iowa in 2005. His thesis focused on the analysis and development of algorithms for multi-objective optimization, with applications to automotive crash models and human models. While at Iowa he also worked with a variety of industries. He worked at the Amana refrigeration plant as a manufacturing engineer responsible for designing assembly lines and manufacturing processes while being trained in lean manufacturing. He worked at Pacific Northwest Nation Laboratory as a software engineer involved in developing optimization algorithms for biological models. He worked on the design and optimization of heat exchangers at Hon Technology.